Diva

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
It seems like just yesterday that Angela Gheorghiu burst upon the operatic scene, and now here's her first "greatest hits" album, Diva. Blessed with a beautiful, distinctive tone and an innate and very powerful dramatic sense, she seems to fit the prima donna role quite naturally. On this CD, one gets a good sampling of her repertory -- darkly limned Bellini from Norma and I Puritani, exquisitely elegant Massenet Manon and Werther and Gounod Roméo et Juliette, a sensually simmering Carmen, as well as the heavier Verdi and Puccini roles she's assumed of late Trovatore andTosca. And considering that all the excerpts here have been taken from complete operas or ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
It seems like just yesterday that Angela Gheorghiu burst upon the operatic scene, and now here's her first "greatest hits" album, Diva. Blessed with a beautiful, distinctive tone and an innate and very powerful dramatic sense, she seems to fit the prima donna role quite naturally. On this CD, one gets a good sampling of her repertory -- darkly limned Bellini from Norma and I Puritani, exquisitely elegant Massenet Manon and Werther and Gounod Roméo et Juliette, a sensually simmering Carmen, as well as the heavier Verdi and Puccini roles she's assumed of late Trovatore andTosca. And considering that all the excerpts here have been taken from complete operas or lifted out of other compilations, this collection hangs together surprisingly well, thanks largely to the consistently high quality of this singer's recorded interpretations. With any luck, this will be the first of many such retrospectives. As of 2004, Gheorghiu seems to have many great years still ahead of her.
All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
Diva is an entertaining and attractively packaged compilation of Angela Gheorghiu's EMI recordings made between 1996 and 2002. All of the selections have appeared on previous releases, but some of them only in the context of complete operas. As a one-disc snapshot of Gheorghiu's career so far, Diva does pretty well, and it would make a good first choice for anyone looking to get to know her work. The variety of repertoire that Gheorghiu tackles on this record is huge -- even including a rendition of Handel's "Lascia ch'io pianga." It's an old-fashioned choice, and somewhat out of step with Baroque fashion, but her simple and heartfelt performance is a winner especially here, tucked in between so many warhorses of the soprano repertory. More than anything, it establishes the degree to which Gheorghiu will adapt her approach to the material at hand: her Manon has just the right dose of free-spirited sexuality; her Carmen is fiery; and her Magda Puccini's "La Rondine" is a picture of lyric beauty. Gheorghiu also shows herself to be an unusually colorful singer, shading each phrase for maximum expressive effect. Not all selections are equally excellent. Her "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's "Il barbière di Siviglia" shows her struggling some with the fast coloratura passages, and "Vien diletto" from Bellini's "I puritani" suggests that the high-flying bel canto repertory is not where she's most comfortable. But in all, this album is an impressive display of singing and musicianship, and highly recommendable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724355770622
  • Catalog Number: 57706
  • Sales rank: 63,193

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Norma, opera: Atto I. Casta Diva - Vicenzo Bellini & Terry Edwards (7:26)
  2. 2 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Atto I. Una voce poco fa - Gioachino Rossini & Angela Gheorghiu (6:34)
  3. 3 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Atto II. Lascia ch'io pianga - George Frideric Handel & Angela Gheorghiu (4:38)
  4. 4 I Puritani, opera: Atto II. Qui la voce sua soave...Ah! rendetemi la - Vicenzo Bellini & Angela Gheorghiu (6:04)
  5. 5 Il Trovatore, opera: Atto IV. D'amor sull'ali rosee - Giuseppe Verdi & Angela Gheorghiu (3:48)
  6. 6 Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Acte III. Werther! Qui m'aurait dit la place...Des - Jules Massenet & Angela Gheorghiu (6:39)
  7. 7 Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Acte III. Je marche sur tous les chemins...Obéisso - Jules Massenet & Angela Gheorghiu (5:24)
  8. 8 Roméo et Juliette, opera: Acte I. Non! Non!...Ah! Je veux vivre dans le rêve - Charles Gounod & Angela Gheorghiu (3:53)
  9. 9 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Acte I. L'amour est enfant de bohème - Georges Bizet & Angela Gheorghiu (3:37)
  10. 10 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Acte III. Carreau, pique...la mort! En vain pour é - Georges Bizet & Angela Gheorghiu (4:18)
  11. 11 Louise, opera: Acte III. Depuis le jour - Gustave Charpentier & Angela Gheorghiu (5:12)
  12. 12 Tosca, opera: Atto II. Vissi d'arte - Giacomo Puccini & Angela Gheorghiu (3:30)
  13. 13 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Atto I. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Giacomo Puccini & Monica Bacelli (2:56)
  14. 14 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Angela Gheorghiu (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Angela Gheorghiu Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diva???

    I'll be brutally honest. I only got this album because I was curious and wanted to see if Gheorghiu had improved at all from her other albums. Yes, she has. She has much more flexibility and range. However, her voice is still far to covered and it sound to me like she has some tension going on. It sounds to me as if she's trying too hard to sound like Maria Callas. Callas is Callas and Gheorghiu is Gheorghiu. They are different people and should sound as such. Go with a Fleming album in stead. She has recorded most of these songs as well, and in addition these songs are the songs that every soprano records at one point or another in their career.

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